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South Arkansas is the greater area in Arkansas that encompasses the lower 15 counties of the state, with Union County being the most predominate. In the 1920s, nationwide attention focused on South Arkansas when the Smackover field was ranked first among the nation's oil fields. For five months in 1925, the 40-square-mile Smackover field was the focal point of one of the wildest mineral booms in North America. Today, south Arkansas's oil fields produce petroleum throughout a 10-county area.
Columbia and Union counties also stretch over one of the largest brine reserves in the world. Bromine is derived from brine, or saltwater, and local companies play an international role in the commercialization of bromine and its many applications.
News from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Jan 16, 2017 2:50 pm
A Little Rock man is accused of raping a 14-year-old girl at his residence after she had been given alcohol, according to authorities.
Jan 16, 2017 2:31 pm
Two Arkansas men were killed and one was injured in a fatal wreck Saturday afternoon, state police said.
Jan 16, 2017 1:14 pm
Sen. John Boozman said Monday that Donald Trump?s inauguration is a time for national unity, even as roughly two dozen members of Congress said they will not attend after the president-elect?s critici...
Jan 16, 2017 12:55 pm
Little Rock police on Monday identified the victim of a Sunday night disturbance that ended in a man shot and injured.
Jan 16, 2017 12:36 pm
Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Monday he will have to ?wait and see? if state lawmakers take up his effort to divorce the dual celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day from Robert E. Lee Day, though he?s ?...
Jan 16, 2017 12:28 pm
An 18-year-old Little Rock man was robbed of his wallet and car and hit with a gun after setting up a meeting at a Little Rock hotel through a website that bills itself as a place to "meet top-ra...
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